QA on using references for art. This Q/A is how I usually draw regularly as a rough sketch to get the idea out of my head. I usually draw many of these and then if I happen to like some of them then I will or paint over the drawing and maybe take it to the finish stage.

guildwars 2 concept art girl

guildwars 2 concept art girl

Viewer Question: “wow, man! nice job! jus wonderin do you use reference, cause I still you referencing for poses n others things and I’m wondering when will I not need the aid of reference? THANX AGAIN 4 SHARIN!”

Me: “I don’t usually use any reference when I am sketching drawing unless I run into questionable area that I couldn’t figure it out. But if I am doing somewhat realistic face I use ref for lighting and starting point of ref for facial feature variation in design characters. The best way to go about it when doing poses or character is draw a lot of real figures from life in any life drawing (figure drawing session) any where in college, university near you. Even some public session…I am sure they have it around your city.

What I do is I go to a local life drawing session at least once a week. It a classical way to for artist to train how to draw figure with real people. The more you do the more you absorb images into your brain and it will become a library of poses. Long story shot, find life drawing or figure drawing session near you (they usually hold open session at the university or something like that) That’s the best way to learn how to draw figure I know of.”

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- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.